I began my career volunteering at my church through a nurturing program where families were court ordered to parenting classes. I spent my time in the nursery with the innocent babies that needed loved and nurtured. At sixteen, this experience left a lasting impact and ultimately shaped my career. I received my Bachelors Degree at Purdue University in Child Development and Family Studies, continuing on to Indiana University, Indianapolis where I received my Master’s Degree in Social Work. While I have spent a small portion of my career working with adults, I have primarily worked with children, adolescents and their family members. I have worked with these individuals in acute crisis stages, long-term residential and community based settings. I believe that the family is an integral part of treatment, leading to lasting social, emotional and behavioral growth. It is important to identify your strengths and allow you to build upon those for success and sustainability. I resided in Virginia from 2003-2013, relocating back to Indiana to give my children the opportunity to be raised with their extended family. I have been married for twelve years and have three children.